spontaneousservices

spontaneousservices

Lives in Amsterdam
Joined on Jan 31, 2011

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They try to make it sound hip and trendy by using the word "borrow", making allusions to the modern-day "sharing economy" but the proper verb is "rent".

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1228 comments in total)

Must say these new Fuji's do start to look very convincing, as does their lens line-up...
I went the Sony APS-C mirrorless route a few years back, a decision just based on camera specs, but I always was jealous of the Fuji's handling. Maybe now it's time to switch?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 12:39 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies

Watched his slide show on the NYT site every week. All good things come to an end, sooner or later.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 12:15 UTC as 4th comment
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (120 comments in total)

Always when I see a digital picture of sunset, I miss film :-(

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 11:34 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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JohnK: Something to consider for the next time someone's hands are going to appear in close-up, holding camera gear: manicure and hand make-up.

All of that may be true, all I'm saying is: the picture that started this whole discussion is _not_in_any_way_ meant as artistic.

Once you start to confuse genres, you'll be forever reading things into pictures that weren't supposed to be read - and are therefore nonsensical.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 10:25 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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JohnK: Something to consider for the next time someone's hands are going to appear in close-up, holding camera gear: manicure and hand make-up.

On further consideration, the question is what kind of picture this is. If it was a product shot you'd be totally right - nothing should distract from the product, you'd need bland hands, without any peculiarities.

But a hands-on report from a trade fair is something different than a product shot.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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JohnK: Something to consider for the next time someone's hands are going to appear in close-up, holding camera gear: manicure and hand make-up.

@smiler - the best I can make of your reply is, apparently the perception of - or even focus on - poorly trimmed nails differs from one culture to the other. I've read that gangsters in macho Colombia spend hours every week in nail studios. In Holland however, no self-respecting tough guy could do that without risking being called a wimp.

But then again, too much cultural relativism kills any interesting statement.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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guyfawkes: Can't see on the Hasselblad site any reference to IS, in-body or lens, nor in-built sensor cleaning. Or does the physical size of the senor preclude such niceties?

A good IBIS-sytem would be a quantum-leap for usability of MF camera's! Dreaming of such a camera with fixed 'normal' prime (fixed to keep its size small and dust out)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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JohnK: Something to consider for the next time someone's hands are going to appear in close-up, holding camera gear: manicure and hand make-up.

Something for you to consider, generally: unlike the world you appear to live in, out there in the real world are REAL people, not Walt Disney-like photoshopped silicon fakes. So yes they look real, too. Frightening huh?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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oysso: My first impression is that there are some room on the ergonomy side. Too much reliance on screen for adjustments . There should have been more buttons and wheels.

Yes bit of a bummer - not that I'm scheduled to win the lottery anytime soon, but if I WAS, yes I'd prefer manual aperture ring, and shutter and iso dial to go with it. And IBIS, as mentioned above - if there's any camera where you'd want that, it's in MF!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 11:35 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (268 comments in total)

Impressive... but what on earth do you do with 100 mp? Do you crop head shots out of a group portait?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 11:39 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies

I just read the article, then the comments below, the many complaints and Richard's attempts at clarification. It is remarkable how people don't seem to understand the concept of using another camera's - ANY camera's - footage in an 'illustrative' manner, and how they then get stuck in a "but wait, this is unfair!!!!" - mode.
The lesson learnt is that you have to know the weak spots of your readership and anticipate on it. In this instance go to extra length - say a paragraph or two - to explain the idea of 'illustrative' in language any 3 year old can understand.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)

The only reason I would upgrade my a6000 would be a joystick for selecting focus points. Or maybe a larger VF. For the rest, the specs of the a6300 don't excite me that much. I'm not that much into video, I don't do BIF's or sports, but it's easy to imagine that people who do may want this camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 9th comment
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fairfaxian: Anybody have enough Sony/Panasonic HANDS-ON experience to compare this to the Panny GH4? I was just about to pull the trigger on the GH4 as a 4K video cam w/SloMo (important features to me) As a Canon user, I have a collection of Canon glass -which I can adapt w metabones to either brand. Sony has a larger sensor, but the panny has an EVF, and a huge range of peripherals/accessories. Sony probably has better still IQ, and low light advantage. But I have never even held either cam in my hand (or any other sony for that matter) I love my Canon 7DII -but its a relative blunderbuss for size. And no 4K or SloMo video. Canon is typically slow to the feature wars, but I would tend to go with them if features were equal. Alas . . .

@Obelix, I just did find where to change settings and hereby humbly retract my comment. My a6000 just became even closer to perfect!

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
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spontaneousservices: Would it be possible to shoot video with this _totally_ manual? I like my a6000 but when filming, its obligatory autofocus and auto WB irritate the hell out me.
Using an old Nikon MF lens solves the focus problem but not the WB...

...found it. (Menu settings only visible in video mode.) Great!

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
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spontaneousservices: Would it be possible to shoot video with this _totally_ manual? I like my a6000 but when filming, its obligatory autofocus and auto WB irritate the hell out me.
Using an old Nikon MF lens solves the focus problem but not the WB...

Mine doesn't. Was that a firmware update?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 11:17 UTC
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fairfaxian: Anybody have enough Sony/Panasonic HANDS-ON experience to compare this to the Panny GH4? I was just about to pull the trigger on the GH4 as a 4K video cam w/SloMo (important features to me) As a Canon user, I have a collection of Canon glass -which I can adapt w metabones to either brand. Sony has a larger sensor, but the panny has an EVF, and a huge range of peripherals/accessories. Sony probably has better still IQ, and low light advantage. But I have never even held either cam in my hand (or any other sony for that matter) I love my Canon 7DII -but its a relative blunderbuss for size. And no 4K or SloMo video. Canon is typically slow to the feature wars, but I would tend to go with them if features were equal. Alas . . .

As i said above, if this one is like the a6000 I would look elsewhere, you don't want WB to change during a take just because the camera won't let you put it on manual. The NEX5n is better in this regard!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:49 UTC

Would it be possible to shoot video with this _totally_ manual? I like my a6000 but when filming, its obligatory autofocus and auto WB irritate the hell out me.
Using an old Nikon MF lens solves the focus problem but not the WB...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 128th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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dprived prev: to those amateur photographers (here or anywhere) who start bragging about the !!! superiority !!! of a mirrorless camera over an SLR first, but then quit doing so once they receive their proper answers from the pros or other knowledgeable and more experienced advanced amateurs; no offense, but:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who's the dumbest of all?
Must be the girlie photog,
Who can't handle a large cam?!
Or maybe it is that obese m`am!?

;-)

Odds are, in a couple of years that comment will prove to have been short-sighted, if not narrowminded. But now already its sexism and fanboyism are quite apparent.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: I'm a bit surprised, or disappointed, that the thing still needs a mirror to smash up and down when exposing the image sensor. A bit of a retro camera!
Also, a fixed screen? Not quite my ultimate "swiss pocket knife"...

Only partly kidding! I would not be surprised if in a couple of years, the "R" in DSLR will be going the way of the typewriter, even in high-end cameras. Canon and Nikon will have their FF flagship cams in a smaller, lighter package with (of course, as always...) even better specs. Or, conversely, their flagship cams will have the same dimensions but with a larger image sensor, made possible by ditching the mirror. (Not for more but for bigger pixels.) If only because financially, nudging their high end customers to "upgrade" to a new lens line up wil be the smart thing to do once other upgrade routes have been exhausted or start to turn stale.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
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